[PODCAST] InfoSec Nashville 2016 Highlights Industry’s Latest Trends, Ideas

Security leaders, software developers and hackers gathered at the Nashville InfoSec 2016 conference to trade tips and learn about the latests trends in a rapidly evolving industry. Organized by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association, the annual conference served as a marketplace of ideas for innovators on the cutting edge of data security to share their thoughts with consumers and other companies.

Hear from some of the most influential participants in the industry as they share their thoughts on the latest trends and takeaways from the conference.

This year’s podcast is brought to you by Netskope, the leading cloud access security broker. Netskope gives IT the ability to find, understand, and secure cloud apps. Only Netskope empowers organizations to direct usage, protect sensitive data, and ensure compliance in real-time, on any device, for any cloud app so the business can move fast, with confidence.

Jay Bivens, Senior System Engineer at Netskope, discusses how companies can best protect customer data as more software is moved into cloud systems. With fundamental changes happening in how companies manage data, Netskope is trying to protect cloud data in a responsible and efficient manner.

Brian Moyer, new President and CEO of the Nashville Technology Council, discusses how healthcare companies can protect patient data. Moyer wants to continue to make Nashville a healthcare information technology innovator, setting the pace for the rest of the industry. He also shares his thoughts on what makes Nashville such a successful technology hub.

Kyle Bubp, Security Practice Lead at Veristor, gets inside the minds of hackers and reminds everyone that no individual is free from the dangers of data crime. Comparing black, white and gray hackers, Bubp blurs the line between research and harm when trying to find the best way to protect your data.

Eric Brown, Asst Director of CEROC at Tennessee Tech, works as part of a team to educate students of all ages from kindergarten through the professional world on the ever changing environment of cyber security. CEROC and founder Dr. Ambareen Siraj’s next big event is the Women in Cyber Security conference in Tuscon, Arizona, on March 31- April 1, 2017.

Marci McCarthy, CEO and President of T.E.N., delivers the largest breakout session of the conference to discuss coming challenges for security officers in information technology. She details the rise of information security, the influence of blockbuster hacks like the DNC and what a conference of black hat hackers does to a hotel.

Ty Tyra, Information Security Engineer at LBMC Information Security, sees companies dropping their vigilance in preventing cyber attacks. With so many different breaches of large corporations, instead of ramping up security concerns, the general public is now desensitized to attacks. Tyra reminds everyone that diligence is their best defense.

John Beauchamp, Senior Manager of Risk Management at LifePoint Health, prepares his company for cyber attacks by running individuals through simulations to see how they react. The industry changes every day, and the best security experts learn from others in the industry.

Winn Schwartau, Founder and CEO of The Security Awareness Company, is not very impressed with the current state of cyber security. He puts the fun back into security awareness by taking an entertainment-based approach to his messaging. Attention spans are shrinking, and marketing strategies need to adjust.

The InfoSec Nashville 2016 podcast is sponsored by Netskope and is a production of Relationary Marketing, produced by Chuck Bryant and host Clark Buckner, edited and mixed by Jess Grommet, with production assistance from Kirk Bado.


[PODCAST] Ryan Olson Demystifies the Pragmatic Adversary at InfoSec Nashville

Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence Director Ryan Olson wants to take the fear out of Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) in network security.

“Small and medium businesses throw their hands up (when they hear APT) and think of this attacker as too advanced and too dangerous to defend against,” he said.

But that’s not always the case. Olson will be a keynote speaker at the 16th annual InfoSec Nashville conference on September 20, 2016, at the Music City Center. His presentation will center around his theory of the Pragmatic Adversary, his take on APT, which states there is not some big complex machine persistently attempting to breaking into your network, it’s a living, breathing human.

“All of these attacks are launched by people – human beings with wives and kids and dogs and jobs. But more importantly, they have a boss who told them they need to go and accomplish this task,” he said.

Olson leads Unit 42, the intelligence team at Palo Alto Networks. In a nod to the big question at the heart of the novel Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Olson’s security team is named after the answer to the question of life, the universe and everything because security is at the heart of everything the company does.

At Palo Alto, Olson works with the notion that there is not a whole lot firms can do to prevent attacks from happening, but they can prevent the attacker from being successful.

“As defenders, we are constantly getting better networks to defend against attackers.”

Taking a multifaceted approach to network security is the only realistic way networks can prevent successful attacks. Using a system of malware prevention and information sharing, Olson called this is the next generation firewall.

“It’s a prevention first posture for their network, not trying to detect and respond to attacks, but stop them from being successful in the first place.”

Ryan Olson will be giving a keynote address at InfoSec Nashville on Sept. 20, 2016, at the Music City Center. Tickets can be purchased here.